Inverness CT 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

League Match
Friday, March 24th, 2023, 7:45 PM at Caledonian Stadium
Attendance: 2,075
Referee: Grant Irvine
Inverness CT  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
Nathan Shaw (50)
None

Team Managers
Billy Dodds Kris Doolan

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Zak Delaney
Robbie Deas
Cameron Harper
Sean Welsh
David Carson
Lewis Hyde
Scott Allardice
Jay Henderson
Nathan Shaw
Billy Mckay
David Mitchell
Jack McMillan
Kevin Holt
Darren Brownlie
Harry Milne
Scott Tiffoney
Kyle Turner
Stuart Bannigan
Ross Docherty
Steven Lawless
Brian Graham

Substitutes
Cameron Mackay
Ben Woods
Aaron Doran
Austin Samuels
Steven Boyd
Daniel Mackay
Jamie Sneddon
Lee Hodson
Cammy Smith 
Aaron Muirhead
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Danny Mullen
Billy Owens
Zander MacKenzie
Anton Dowds 

Substitutions
Ben Woods for Nathan Shaw (69)
Daniel Mackay for Billy Mckay (70)
Aaron Doran for Jay Henderson (85)
Steven Boyd for Lewis Hyde (93)
Anton Dowds -> Steven Lawless (56)
Lee Hodson -> Harry Milne (60)
Daniel Mullen -> Kyle Turner (79)
Aidan Fitzpatrick -> Stuart Bannigan (79)

Bookings
Zak Delaney (14)
Lewis Hyde (65)
Ben Woods (81)
Harry Milne (25)

Red Cards
Sean Welsh (56)
None
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 228 apps -
Zak Delaney 31 apps -
Robbie Deas 105 apps2 goals
Cameron Harper 109 apps8 goals
Sean Welsh 126 apps16 goals
David Carson 132 apps1 goal
Lewis Hyde 42 apps -
Scott Allardice 91 apps5 goals
Jay Henderson 14 apps3 goals
Billy Mckay 237 apps96 goals
Nathan Shaw 35 apps6 goals
Ben Woods (sub) 4 apps -
Aaron Doran (sub) 363 apps53 goals
Daniel Mackay (sub) 89 apps15 goals
Steven Boyd (sub) 34 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Hyde (20 years 257 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 161 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 248 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Woods (20 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Mckay (34 years 161 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 74 days
Domestic Players:10 (58.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Lewis Hyde was a late replacement for Inverness with Danny Devine pulling up in the warm up which prompted a reshuffle of the pack with Delaney covering for Devine and and Harper dropping back into defence with Hyde going into midfield. Roddy MacGregor and Wallace Duffy missed out for Inverness but Sean Welsh returned to the midfield. Attacking options of Dan Mackay, Aaron Doran and Austin Samuels were on the bench for the Caley Jags. Partick Thistle had sent a strong squad North with the dangerous Scott Tiffoney and Brian Graham the big threats up front.

After a flat calm afternoon, the heavens opened an hour before kick-off and patches of surface water greeted the teams as they took to the field under the floodlights.

Inverness got the game underway and the first real action came when a long ball forward from Nathan Shaw after six minutes saw Billy Mckay control then offload a shot from the edge of the box which keeper David Mitchell beat away from goal. Good effort, good save. Mckay looked dangerous on a few early occasions and his persistence up front won him a corner after twelve minutes. From the corner the ball fell to Robbie Deas but his volley was gathered under the bar by Mitchell. Mark Ridgers produced a superb save to deny Brian Graham as Partick cut us open through the middle. The big striker was favourite to score as he opened up his body but Ridgers dived full length to his left to get his fingertips to the netbound ball and tip it round the post. Sensational save! There followed a midfield battle until three minutes before the interval when Ridgers blocked a near post effort from Scott Tiffoney and then David Carson made a crucial clearance moments later. 

HALF TIME 0-0

No changes at the break with Inverness now playing towards the North Stand. In the fiftieth minute Inverness broke down some Partick possession near the halfway line. Jay Henderson skipped forward and his low cross into the box was converted by Nathan Shaw sliding in or maybe even the defender Jack McMillan. Either way it was 1-0 to the hosts. Mckay combined with Welsh in the box but he never connected properly with the ball and Mitchell's save was made easier. Moments later Welsh was sensationally sent off as Tiffoney took off down the left and Welsh tripped him late. Grant Irvine saw it as a red and Welsh was off. Ridgers saved a ten yard scuffed shot from Graham on the line as Partick went for broke against the ten men. Could be a long night now for the fans and the defence with over half an hour to go. Partick were piling the pressure on the hosts and Ridgers denied a Graham shot at the expense of a corner with fifteen minutes remaining. Despite Partick pressing hard, the Inverness defence held out for the three points, putting bodies on the line when it mattered and MotM Mark Ridgers kept his sheets clean. 

FULL TIME 1-0

Match report written by tm4tj



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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Queens Park 30 16 6 8 58 39 19 54
2. Dundee 29 14 8 7 47 32 15 50
3. Ayr United 30 14 7 9 56 38 18 49
4. Partick Thistle 30 13 6 11 49 40 9 45
5. Morton 29 11 10 8 41 35 6 43
6. Inverness CT 29 10 9 10 40 41 -1 39
7. Raith Rovers 28 10 8 10 39 37 2 38
8. Arbroath 29 5 13 11 26 41 -15 28
9. Cove Rangers 30 6 8 16 34 65 -31 26
10. Hamilton Academical 28 6 7 15 25 47 -22 25